It’s that hallowed time of the year again – International Women’s Day!
The date March 8 is a legitimate excuse to emphasise yet again, just how much gender equality, empowerment of women, women’s full enjoyment of human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic and social development. The day is an opportunity to rally across the globe with events and ideas for generating relevant policies that stress the vital role of women as potent agents of development! The UN’s allocated Continue reading →
Shaivism is a pan-Hindu tradition widespread mostly across all of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Other areas where it’s notably practiced include parts of Southeast Asia especially Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Traditionally, the Sanskrit word śaiva means “relating to the god Shiva”. Followers of Shaivism, called “Shaivas”, “Saivas” and also “Saivites”, accordingly revere Shiva as the Supreme Being.
“Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody” ~ Jane Austen.
Feminism has no truer values than those of equality, self-determination and independence. For only in learning to value the self, can one equally value others and live in prosperous mutually-fulfilling relationships with them.
“Swords flashed like lightning amid the blackness of clouds, and fountains of blood flowed like the fall of setting star. The friends of God defeated their opponents… noon had not arrived when the Musalmans wreaked their vengeance on the infidel enemies of God, killing 15,000 of them, spreading them like a carpet over the ground and making them food of the beasts and birds of prey. Fifteen elephants fell on the field of battle, as their legs, being pierced with arrows, became as motion-less as if they had been in a quagmire, and their trunks were cut with the swords of the valiant heroes… God also bestowed upon his friends such an amount of booty as was beyond all bounds and calculations, including five hundred thousand slaves, beautiful men and women.”1
~ Sultan Mahmud’s minister al-Utbi on his campaign to India
Ever heard the saying: “Islam is a perfect religion, it’s Muslims who aren’t perfect”?
Well that is a thoughtfully concocted and sinister deflective tactic designed to acquit Islam of its inherent fascism, while fermenting a discontent for Muslims in academia.
Far from perfect, Islam is fundamentally flawed down to its prophetic traditions. Slavery is one of the most revered divine privileges in Islam. It is not illegal in Islam, rather it is an Islamic right. Muhammad inaugrated a tripartite model of slavery into Islam, encompassing enslavement, slave trade and sex-slavery. It was an enslavement model that thrived unquestioned until the dismantling of the Ottoman empire.
Muslim Resistance to the Abolition of Slavery in the Islamic Empire.
As the European colonial era approached its end, Western forces sought even more to abolish norms that were inconsistent with the UDHR charter. One of such norms, prevalent in many societies for millennia, was slavery. The Islamic empire was the largest empire pre the rise of the West. In Islamic societies, a tripartite model of slavery, inaugurated into Islam by Prophet Muhammad fully thrived. It encompassed domestic enslavement, chattel slavery and slave concubinage. It was Prophet Muhammad himself who personally inaugurated wholesale enslavement of disbelievers for selling or engaging in concubinage and household work. He very well freed some slaves as an exemplary act of goodwill, but he enslaved many more. Prophet Muhammad certified slave trade when he sold his enslaved Banu Qurayza (Jewish) captive women to Najd for acquiring weapons and horses, while forbidding anyone from enslaving the born Muslim. Muslim apologists often argue that Prophet Muhammad never really endorsed slavery, but merely allowed it since it was already prevalent in pre-Islamic Arabia. They then refer to the fact that Muhammad also preached manumission to his followers, and personally freed slaves himself, as a testament to the aforementioned premise. The fact of the matter however is that slavery of the vanquished infidels was an integral component of the Islamic empire’s booming economy. Slave trade remained a vital source of wealth in the Islamic world throughout the reigns of the Rightly Guided Caliphs (632-60), the Umayyads (661-750) and the Abbasids Continue reading →
Islamic imperial rule started with the conquest of Spain in 711 and lasted until 1492 when European powers manned up and freed themselves from the chokehold of Islamic supremacy.
In July 711, 7000 Islamised Berber tribesmen stormed across the straits of Gibraltar and invaded Europe. They then began an incredible process of expansions. In just four years, they colonised almost the whole of Spain, made forays inland and were only halted in France by Charles Martel, at the battle of Tours in 732. Were it not for this defeat, Britain and all of Europe would have fallen to the Islamic rule of an army which thus far had successfully crossed two continents.